Tara Behrend

Tara S. Behrend

Associate Professor
Room 202
Address: 600 21st Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-3789

Tara S. Behrend (Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2009) is Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her research interests center around understanding and resolving barriers to computer-mediated work effectiveness, especially in the areas of training, recruitment, and selection. She is also interested in career decision-making, specifically relating to STEM fields; her work in this area is funded by a research grant from the National Science Foundation. She provides psychometric consulting for the American Council on Education and has consulted for a wide range of public and private organizations in the areas of training, skills development and selection. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and has presented nearly fifty papers at conferences for these organizations. She directs the WAVE Lab at GWU: wave-lab.org.


Karim, M.N., Willford, J.C., & Behrend, T.S. (in press). Big data, little individual: The human side of big data. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Howardson, G. N., & Behrend, T.S. (in press). Coming full circle with reactions: Understanding the structure and correlates of trainee reactions through the affect circumplex. Academy of Management: Learning and Education.

Wiebe, E. N., Thompson, I., & Behrend, T. S. (in press). MOOCs from the viewpoint of the learner: A response to Perna. Educational Researcher.

Howardson, G. N., & Behrend, T. S. (in press). I think I can, but why? Assessing the sources of pre-training self-efficacy: development and validation of a new measure. International Journal of Training & Development.

Kaminsky. S. E. & Behrend, T. S. (2015). Career choice and calling: Integrating calling and social cognitive career theory. Journal of Career Assessment. 23, 383-398.

Landers, R. N., & Behrend, T. S. (2015). An inconvenient truth: Arbitrary distinctions between organizational, Mechanical Turk, and other convenience samples. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 8, 142-164.

Karim, M. N., Kaminsky, S. E., & Behrend, T. S. (2014). Cheating, reactions, and performance in remotely proctored testing: An exploratory experimental study. Journal of Business and Psychology (special issue on Inductive Research), 29, 555-572.    

Peters-Burton, E. E., Kaminsky, S. E., Lynch, S. J., Spillane, N., Behrend, T. S., Han, E., Ross, K., & House, A. (2014). Wayne School of Engineering: Case study of a rural inclusive STEM-focused high school. School Science and Mathematics, 114(6), 280–290.

Basford, T. E., Offermann, L.R., & Behrend, T. S. (2014). Do you see what I see? Perceptions of gender microaggressions in the workplace. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 340-349.  

Badger, J. M., Kaminsky, S. E.*, & Behrend, T. S. (2014). Media richness and information acquisition in internet recruitment. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29 (7), 866-883.

Howardson, G. N., & Behrend, T. S. (2014). Using the Internet to recruit employees: Comparing the effects of usability expectations and objective technological characteristics on Internet recruitment outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior, 31, 334-342.

Karim, M. N., & Behrend, T. S. (2014). Reexamining the nature of learner control: dimensionality and effects on learning and training reactions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 87-99.

Basford, T. E., Offermann, L.R., & Behrend, T. S. (2014). Please accept my sincerest apologies: Examining follower reactions to leader apology. Journal of Business Ethics, 119, 99-117.

Burton, E.E.P., Lynch, S.L., Behrend, T. S., & Means, B. (2014). Inclusive STEM high school design: Ten critical components. Theory into Practice, 53, 64-71.